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Pakistan cable operators want Indian TV channels back

04 February, 2006

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LAHORE: The Pakistan government’s decision to ban 35 Indian and foreign channels has invited the wrath of the cable operators across the country who have threatened to completely black out the Pakistani channels—which they believe are behind the government move—if the ban is not lifted soon.

The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA), which regulates satellite broadcasting, had recently banned 35 foreign TV channels, many of which are Indian. The move led to a war of words between the PEMRA higher-ups and the office-bearers of Cable Operators Association of Pakistan (CAP).

The PEMRA, which works under the ministry of interior, is given sweeping powers to allow or disallow any satellite channel from airing in the country. The tussle eventually prompted the CAP to block transmissions of two major Pakistani channels — Geo owned by Mir Shakilur Rehman and ARY owned by Abdul Razzaq Yaqub. Both the media giants recently formed the Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA).

The cable operators maintain they have suffered huge losses due to the ban as a majority of their clientele is addicted to Indian channels and have withdrawn their subscriptions. Some Indian channels, Star Plus in particular, are the main source of revenues for these operators. The cable operators complain that they do their business in a permanent state of insecurity, knowing that the government could snatch their livelihood at any time. In just a little over four weeks since the ban was imposed, the revenues of the cable operators have dropped 50 per cent because of disconnections. The operators say the Pakistani channels, especially Geo and ARY, have substantially increased the content of Indian entertainment TV programmes in their channels.

Justifying the CAP`s decision to ban the Geo and ARY, the president of the association Malik Furqan Ghias accused the PBA of instigating and backing the PEMRA to prohibit the cable operators from airing Indian channels while allowing the Pakistani channels to keep showing Indian content themselves.

Following a three-day CAP ban, the Broadcasters Association was compelled to approach the cable operators to resolve the issue. However, during a meeting on February 1, the CAP again accused Geo of showing Indian content in violation of the agreement and subsequently threatened to completely black out the Pakistani channels.
Courtesy  www.dnaindia.com

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Reader Comments:

Ban Paki channels if any channels govt ban

Media should be give full freedom. All indian channels and those channels which govt ban should be allow to show its content. If govt ban any channels, In response all paki channels should be ban

Irfan, Pakistan - 04 February, 2006

FREEDOM

It's a free country and everyone has the right to watch what they want,if someone dosn't like any channel they have the remote.There should be no bans..the govt. has no right to put a ban on channels first they should concentrate on the other issues like the lack of security in pakistan.

Sn, Pakistan - 07 February, 2006

WHAT DO PAKISTANIS REALLY WANT?

PAKISTANIS SPEW HATE TOWARDS INDIA AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY. INDIA IS THE GREAT SATAN, INFIDEL HINDUSTAN. YET THEY WANT INDIAN MOVIES, MUSIC AND EVERYTHING INDIAN.

WHY NOT TAKE TO MOVIES AND MUSIC FROM BROTHERLY ARAB COUNTRIES - STARTING WITH EGYPT, TUNISIA, LEBANON AND EVEN IRAN ETC.?

ALSO IT IS FORBIDDEN IN ISLAM TO PORTRAY HUMAN IMAGES. THEN BAN ALL MOVIES AND TV IN PAKISTAN, PAINTING, STUDIOS, PHOTOGRAPHY AND SPEND YOUR DAYS IN PRAYERS.

AND DON'T LINE UP IN FRONT OF WESTERN EMBASSIES FOR VISAS.

BILLU

A V BILLU, United Kingdom - 09 February, 2006

They R Just Increasing The Anger Of Pakistanis Nothing Else

They R Just Increasing The Anger Of Pakistanis Nothing Else, Pakistan - 10 April, 2006

Ban of Media in any form is bad

I feel very upset that politics influences culture, when it should ideally be the other way round. India and Pakistan are culturally one, born of the same womb, so their aspirations, likes dislikes, pains and pleasures are bound to be of the same tastes. I hope the Government of Pakistan grants more freedom of expression to its citizens. Let us live our lives our own ways but also share our joys with each other.I pray, time will heal this divide sooner than later.

Manoj Gaonkar, Hungary - 22 May, 2006


This is all a lie.

I was in pakistan last month. I saw every indian channel on TV.

go to any hotel in pakistan you will see every channel is INDIAN.

There is no such ban. Its all media lies..

Amjad Khan, Pakistan - 02 July, 2007

it is very bad because govt can not give the relief to people now they steel the happyness of people govt should reback star one

adnan, Pakistan - 26 August, 2009

maryada drama MUST be banned in PK

there is no harm in transmitting indian dramas But the operators must know what is to be trannsmitted on air and what should be banned. The drama Maryada is filthy and it should not be seen by our people as it will evantually spoil our future generation. Just saw todays episode. Please take a serious notice on this drama in particular

oy, Pakistan - 22 December, 2010

star one should be back

govt. didnot did the right thing by baning indian chanals.

adeena, Pakistan - 03 August, 2011

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